Exclusive video of suspect with machete at Tim Hortons
One person was airlfted to hospital following a series of incidents that started in Port Hope on Sunday, January 9, 2022.
At approximately 9:57 a.m. Port Hope Police Services received a call about a aggressive southbound on Toronto Road.
Officers at the time were conducting traffic enforcement on Hamilton Road at the time, but proceeded to the call said Port Hope Police Inspector Katie Andrews.
As police were proceeding to the area of the call they came across a collision at the intersection of Ontario Street and Molson Street.
It appears a car travelling eastbound collided with a pickup travelling northbound at the intersection.
The lone occupant of the pickup was transported to Northumberland Hills Hospital with undetermined injuries.
The lone occupant fled from the scene, but a firearm, machete and small cross-bow were found inside the vehicle.
Port Hope Police observed the suspect running across Highway 401 and gave chase.
The suspect tried to enter at least one vehicle that was entering the highway, but using evasive action at least one vehicle drove around him.
The suspect entered the Easton’s parking lot and while Port Hope resident Daniel Oulgs was paying for his daily coffee at the Tim Hortons drive-thru when, “my window blew out on my car.”
Using a machete approximate one metre long, the suspect tried to smash the passenger window out of Oulgs vehicle.
“I was looking in Timmie’s paying for my coffee.”
The suspect again tried to break the passenger side window, but when it wouldn’t he moved on to another vehicle behind him waiting in line.
Today’s Northumberland obtained video of the suspect at Tim Hortons with the machete entering the back driver’s side door of a four-door pickup truck with a man and woman inside. The pickup proceeded over the curb of the drive-thru and eastbound along Telephone Road.
While Port Hope Police were investigating the incident and notifying area police services, the pickup truck was spotted westbound on Highway 401.
Northumberland OPP activated their emergency lights and sirens and commenced a pursuit with the vehicle.
The pursuit continued on Highway 401 westbound when it exited Toronto Road in Port Hope going northbound.
It then proceeded westbound on County Road 2 and was joined by members of the Port Hope Police and Durham Regional Police as it went into Durham’s area.
The pursuit when through Newtonville and Newcastle at speeds sometimes reaching 150 kph.
Police at times tried to box the pickup in by using several cruisers and deployed a spike belt which is believed to have deflated two of the tires.
The pursuit entered the southbound lanes of Highway 115 and as it tried to enter the westbound lanes of Highway 401 it struck at least one police cruiser before entering the north ditch.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the male driver who was abducted received superficial knife wounds. The female passenger was unharmed physically.
The suspect received critical knife wound injuries and was airlifted from the scene.
The Special Investigations Unit was called and investigating the scene in Durham.
Members of the OPP Traffic Collision Investigators examined the collision in Port Hope where the intersection remained closed for several hours.
Inspector Andrews said police greatly appreciate the assistance offered by members of the public.
“Thank you so much. We’re so grateful for the citizens that called in with the information. It really helped us in our job today.”